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What a place!!!
The Inn at Ormsby Hill is a place you need to go to feel the true meaning of relaxation. The elegant rooms, the cleanliness of the inn, the friendliness of the WHOLE staff, and the breakfasts are out of this world. On our first stay, about three years ago, Ted and Chris, the innkeepers, greeted us when we first arrived with such open arms, my wife and I felt we lived here forever. They took us on a tour of the whole facility and explained every little detail.
They told us about some rules that we needed to abide by, but we expect that no matter where we stay. People who complain about rules, need to have their prioities checked. I for one, do not like to go to a place, where I am paying good money, to have someone ruin my stay because they can't follow a few simple rules. The Inn is Ted and Chris' home, that they open to people who want to get away from the daily hustle.
My wife and I have visted the Inn the last three years on an average of twice per year. At no time did we feel out of place. Ted and Chris both have shown politeness and helpfulness. They both are a joy to talk to. My wife and I are proud to call them our friends.
If you need to get away from it all, vist the Inn at Ormsby Hill. I promise you, you won't regret it.
A Nice place to stay
My wife and I spent our 6th wedding anniversary at the Inn at Ormsby Hill. We stayed in the Ethan Allen Room. It was nicely decorated, an award winning decor says the plaque hanging in the room. The innkeepers were nice. Ted was very helpful when we first arrived. He showed us around the inn, explained the meal schedules etc., and took us to our room. He helped us with finding a place to have dinner. I have read most of the reviews on this site but I didn't run into any of the issues stressed in their posts. We stayed midweek and there were only 3 other couples so we didn't have to submit a breakfast entree choice the night before. One couple did say that they were "scolded" for not using a coaster but my wife and I own several antiques so I understand the need to use them. If I want to stay in a room with plastic furniture I'll stay at a Motel 6. The couple, who were married at the inn, laughed about it. They were hardly offended. All in all, it was a good experience.
Considered yourself warned!
My husband and I are frequent visitors to Manchester and have stayed at many Select Registry Inns throughout the country. Stayed at this inn December 2003 and would never go back. This is, without a doubt, the most inhospitable inn we have ever experienced! Believe all the negative comments you have read. The breakfasts are way overrated, the rules ridiculous, and the innkeepers as cold as ice. I was scolded when I did not finish my breakfast-it was some ridiculous cake concoction that I did not order the previous morning. I guess because noone ordered it we got it the next day whether we wanted it or not! The inn itself is beautiful, but it is impossible to enjoy it. It feels like you're intruding on the Sprague's. They obviously love their home, but are not really comfortable sharing it with others...
I can not express how fabulous the Inn at Ormsby Hill is!!! The inn itself is absolutely beautiful, and the on-line photos do not do it justice. My wife and I stayed in the Lincoln room, and we peeked at the other rooms, and every one
is just as inviting. The breakfast's were 3-course, uniquely prepared and presented by Chris and served with humor and a smile by Ted. The portions were so large that we did not need to eat lunch. And of the 5 other couples at the table, nobody was "scolded" for not eating their food. As to the other negative reviews on this site, when you are guests is someone else's home, you should expect and be respectful of any rules.....we have them in our house, so why shouldn't they have them in theirs. Ted and Chris were wonderful hosts!! We did not feel intimidated at all, quite the contrary, we felt relaxed and welcome. We highly recommend the Inn at Ormsby Hill and hope to be back soon!!
The Ormsby is Top Notch!
We spent two days last week at the Inn at Ormsby Hill in Manchester, Vermont, and had one of our best experiences ever at a Bed and Breakfast. The Inn itself is beautiful, furnished with antiques, wonderful colors and fabrics, interesting artwork, etc. The food is legendary for good reason, (we had almond creme brulee french toast one morning!) and the Innkeepers are charming and gracious hosts. But I would have to agree with many others, and say that it's the attention to detail that helps set this Inn apart from the others. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary, and had made reservations several months ago. The Spragues remembered, and we found a lovely note along with a bottle of chilled champaign in our suite. We also enjoyed Aveda bath products, a 'fiber bed' which is perhaps even better than a feather bed, CD's of beautiful music for our use in our room if we chose, and a sitting room stocked with waters and sodas for our convenience. The Inn and grounds are not only gorgious, but immaculate, and we enjoyed a short hike that we learned about from the Binder in our room listing several local sites to visit, along with many other items of interest to those traveling through. We hope to go back to Vermont one day, and when we do, we will definately return to the Inn at Ormsby Hill.
Breakfast is too regimeted if you want to eat anything other than a cold buffet. We were late for breafrast and the innkeeper scolded us and offerred cold food with no offer to reheat. When Select Registry was notified, they were more interested in having a "who shot john" debate than the problem from the customer
We too found the inn keepers uninviting
My husband and I went to the Inn at Ormsby Hill for our honeymoon after a recommendation from family members. We arrived from our wedding to the beautiful Inn and waited in the common area for several minutes as we watched Ted show others around with great graciousness. However, we were not as warmly received perhaps maybe because we were young. Since we wanted a special dinner at a upscale restaraunt we asked Ted for a personal recommendation. He scoffed at me and told me to go look in the book like I was so ridiculous to have asked. They did provide us with a nice card and tray with champagne to congradulate us, although we don't drink alcohol we appreciated the sentiment. We stayed to ourselves most of the stay and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and private entrance but felt "on display" when we went to the common room to relax and read. Breakfast was full of uncomfortle conversation with other who tried to make small talk to be polite. The breakfast food was fabulous but I couldn't enjoy it as much as if we had our own table. Eating with other stranders may be charming, but not on your honeymoon.
What a wonderful getaway!
We had such a wonderful weekend at the Ormsby Hill Inn. I read a few reviews that said the inn keepers were un-inviting but we thought just the opposite. They were always quite friendly to us. We also read a review that said younger guests felt uncomfortable. We are in our late 20's and felt we were treated with great respect. The rooms were so cozy and well kept and the breakfast is out of this world! Yes, you do share a table with other guest for breakfast but that is half the charm of going to a bed and breakfast. We would return here in a heartbeat!
One of my Favorites
My wife and I recently visited (Oct 2005) The Inn at Ormsby Hill again. Again it was an excellent visit in all respects (with one caveat - the weather could have been better). I don't normally evaluate Inns on this sight but I noticed recent negative reviews on the Inn. We enjoy travelling to B&Bs and have visited 15+ over the years, all of which were recommended in some publication. Some that are in the Trip Advisor include Cape Arundel in Kennebunkport Maine, Great Oaks Manor and The Robert Morris Inn both on Chesapeake Bay, Nantucket Whaler, The Richmond Hill Inn in NC, The Rhett House and Two Meeting Street Inn, both in SC. I mention these only to show we are fimiliar with good B&Bs. And we have visited the Ormsby more than any other B&B.
Over the years we have stayed at The Ormsby on eleven different occasions. Needless to say we like it. Initially the intent was for the Vermont fall colors. Later the visits were to enjoy the Inn. We have stayed in 5 or 6 different rooms (of the 10)and liked them all. Most recently we stayed in the Tower. Very cozy, romantic and private.
The staff are always courteous, Ted and Chris are warm hosts and it seems on each visit there are additional improvements. The breakfasts are outstanding. You need to sign up the night before and be on time - timing is everything for serving it. But it is with out a doubt one of the best B&B breakfasts you will ever have (dessert included!). We have also met many interesting people over the years at breakfast.
Bottom line for us is that we will definitely be visiting again some time in the future.
My husband and I spent our 5 year anniversary here and it was great. Our room was cozy and comfortable. The breakfasts were elaborate and very good.